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Many companies and people, of late, have shown new or renewed interest in Project Management, in general, and Software Project Management, in particular. Software Project Management requires more than an understanding of data models, expertise in development languages, and the user interface principles etc. You may have the best code writer or programmer or Analyst in your company, but if your company does not have a couple of good Software Project Managers, the chances are good that you will be out of business soon. For, Software Project Management directly affects the bottom line of any company's financial health depending on whether Software Projects are managed on time, within budget and to the customer satisfaction.

The Present Status of IT Projects:

The alarming reality, even in developed nations like US, is that about one-half (50%) of the estimated 300,000 Software Projects will fail due to poor planning, inexperienced Project Managers, or inept Project teams. With the advent of new technologies, computer hardware, software, and networks as well as the use of interdisciplinary and global work teams, the work environment has been radically changed. The changes have fueled the need for more sophisticated projects and thus a need for more sophisticated and better Project Management. In fact, today's corporations do recognize that, in order to be successful and competitive in a highly time and cost-driven market, they need to be conversant with use of Modern Project Management techniques.

In 1995, the Standish Group published the much-quoted study entitled "CHAOS". It reported that the overall success rate of IT Projects was only 16.2%. They defined the success as meeting Project goals on time and on budget. It also reported that over 31% of IT Projects were cancelled before completion. The authors of this study emphasized the need for better Project Management in the IT industry.

The follow-up study done by the same Standish Group in 1998 showed that 26% of IT Projects succeeded in meeting Scope, Time and Cost goals. However, 46% IT Projects were "challenged" - i.e. completed over budget and past the original deadline - and 28% failed, it reported. Better Project Management is one of the reasons provided for the improvements. However, there are still 74% projects remained to be improved, thus paving the way for a great demand for effective Software Project Managers in the ensuing years.

IT / Software Project Management
Corporate Training - Course Module Contents
3-Day on-site workshop

This 3-Day Workshop has specially been designed for the Software Project Companies, GMs, DGMs, Sr.Managers, IT Project Mangers, Analysts, Programmers, EDP Mangers, & Other IT Professionals in order to reap the benefits of State-of-the-art tools, Techniques in Software Projects Management.

Module-1: Basics of Project Management

- PM as a Profession
- Project Management Body of Knowledge -(PMBOK® Guide) .
- PM Maturity Assessment .
- The Triple Constraints (Time, Cost & Quality)
- Project life cycle approach
- Organisation structures (Functional / Matrix/ Projectized).

Module-2: Foundations of Project Management

- What is a Project?
- What is a Project Management?
- What is a Program?
- Hard & soft skills of a PM

Module-3: Introduction to IT Projects

- Types of IT Projects
- IT Development Process Models
- IT Projects Vs. Construction Projects
- Present State of IT Projects.
- Why IT Projects fail.

Module-4: Requirements Management

- Collect Project Ideas
- Gather Customer requirements
- Analyse requirements
- Prepare an SRS/Justify Projects
- Set Requirements Baseline
- Prepare & submit RFP
- Requirements Change Management (RCM)
- R.M- Check List.
- Identify the Project Manger/ Project Teams

Module-5: Configuration Management .

- Planning & Setting up CM
- Primary Objective of CM plan.
- Configuration Management Process.
- Configuration Baseline
- Configuration Change Management Software Change Order (SCO)

Module-6: Project Scope Management .

- Planning - The most important activity in PM
- Scope Management Plan
- Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
- Developing a WBS
- Sample WBS for a Software Project
- Using a Top-down Approach to Build a WBS
- Using a Bottom-Up Approach to build a WBS
- Scope creep & WBS

Module-7: Project Time Management .

- Bar Charts . Gantt Charts
- Milestone Chart
- Network Chart
- CPM/PERT Techniques
- Float/Slack
- Who Owns the Float

Module-8: Project Management Software-MS Project 2000

- A Sample Software Project Schedule
- Resource Allocation
- Find Critical paths
- Calendars/Resource
- Management Reports
- Using Earned Value
- Schedule Variances (SV)
- Cost Variance (CV)
- How to crash/compress a schedule

Module-9: Estimating for Software Projects (Optional)

- Why Estimating is Difficult
- Typical Software Project Estimates (COCOMO-II)
- Typical IT Project Costs
- Cost Estimating(Cost Xpert-Software)
- Time Estimates

Module-10: Project Risk Management

- Schedule Risk Management
- Cost Risk Management
- Quality Risk Management

Module-11: Challenges in Managing Software Projects (Optional)

- Soft & Hard Skills of a Software Project Manager
- Software Capability Maturity Model (CMM)
- Project Management Maturity Model (PMM)
- ISO 9001 Vs. CMM Vs. PMM
- Process Tailoring
- Ten FAQs in Software Project Management.

* Workshop Fees : To be quoted by IIPM® as per modules selected by corporates

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